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Die Woordenaars dig & drink weer saam volgende Sa'erdag

Met ’n slagspreuk wat “robbish het ook ’n stem” heet, lede wat uit Johan Jack Smith, Kabous Verwoerd, Neil van Deventer, Gérard Rudolf en Paul Riekert bestaan, en ’n wedersydse voorliefde vir Bacchus en poësie ’n gegewe is, is die Woordenaars ’n span om mee gereken te word.

Saterdag 26 Augustus gaan dié gedugte woordsmouse om agt namiddag by Shadowboxer byeenkom vir hulle volgende sessie van digkuns voordra en diep (genoeg) in die bottel tuur.

Luidens die Vleisbroek-event kan jy vlamme en f-bomme, liefde en verlange, en vrees en hoop verwag – en dit alles onder een dak.

Ja-nee, kyk. Stiek uit, want die poppe gaan dans.

Launch - Ratels on the Lomba: The Story of Charlie Squadron (18 August)

Charlie Squadron – the iron fist of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group (61 Mech) – led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle between the South African Defence Force and the Angolan forces on the Lomba River in southern Angola. Ratels on the Lomba places the reader in the midst of the squadron of young conscripts who were taken off to the Border War to fight in this battle.

Not only were they up against a vastly superior Angolan force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with a terrain so dense that their sight was severely impaired and their movement restricted. Also, even though SADF tactical doctrine clearly stated that tanks had to be countered by tanks, these conscripts had to take on the Angolan tanks in armoured cars with inferior low-velocity guns and thin armour, designed to keep out nothing more than small-arms fire.

Yet, during the battle on the Lomba the 47 Brigade of the Angolan forces was nearly wiped out. This blow-by-blow account of a David vs. Goliath battle takes the reader to the heart of the action.

It is honestly told and vividly described, thanks to interviews with veterans and diary entries that help to recreate the drama of the battle. It is also an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death and how the war never left them, even when they returned home.

Dr. Leopold Scholtz is a former journalist and the author of seven books, including the popular The SADF in the Border War (also translated into Afrikaans). He was deputy editor of Die Burger until 2007 where after he headed Media24’s European office in the Netherlands. He retired in 2013, but still regularly contributes analyses on international politics and current affairs to a variety of publications. In 1997 Scholtz was recruited in the Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force where he served as staff officer (captain) at several head quarters. He was also extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University between 1997 and 2009.

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The South African Book Fair and National Book Week officially launches #OURSTORIES

Johannesburg, South Africa (Thursday, 17 August 2017) – The South African Book Fair (SABF) and National Book Week (NBW) officially launched on Thursday at the Market Square, Newtown. The event was an exploration of this year’s theme #OURSTORIES, which is a celebration of the established presence of National Book Week and the return of the South African Book Fair, under the auspices of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), in partnership with the Department of Arts & Culture and the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M).

The theme of this year’s upcoming SABF is #OURSTORIES, which sheds light on the stories and experiences that all South Africans have to communicate. In sharing #OURSTORIES we create spaces for learning and reaching across into each other’s worlds. By learning from each other we open possibilities for greater understanding of who we are, as a people.

Speaking at the launch event, Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the SABDC said: “The SABDC represents the South African book sector and all those involved in bringing books to you. We are proud to say this is the largest and most comprehensive campaign aimed at driving the importance of books and reading in the history of the country. Books have been kept away from many of our people during Apartheid and it is now time for us to write, read and own #OURSTORIES.”

Amongst those in attendance were NBW ambassadors Mogau Motlhatswi (Skeem Saam actress) and Mostoaledi Setumo (Generations & Green and Desire actress).

NBW Ambassadors Mogau Motlhatswi (Skeem Saam) and Motsoaledi Setumo (Generations and Greed & Desire) sharing a laugh at the SABF and NBW Launch


Performing artist, poet and writer Koleka Putuma performed material from her highly acclaimed poetry anthology Collective Amnesia.

Author and performing artist Koleka Putuma delivers a captivating reading from her anthology of poems titled Collective Amnesia


Director of Libraries and Archives at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Koekie Meyer gave an address highlighting the importance of telling our stories and reading amongst South Africans.

She also announced that the Gauteng Region is opening eight new libraries in this period, which will be home to 8000 – 15000 books each.

The launch event also gave special recognition to Joseph Lamani, who was presented with an award for the Most Innovative National Book Week Programme in 2016. This was the first award of its kind.

The SABF will take place from 8-10 September 2017 at Museum Africa, Newtown, boasting a diverse literary programme, which features the following authors: Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Deon Meyer, Marah Louw, Zakes Mda, Athambile Masola and many more.

Topics on the programme that are sure to catch attention include: “Hidden Figures: African Women in the Global Imagination”, “Colourism, gender and beauty” and “Racism: the immovable stain”.

With participation from a diverse group of scholars, authors, media practitioners and thought leaders, the 2017 SABF will be a space for a robust debate and engagement where those positioned differently in society can reach into each other’s worlds. Beyond these, writing workshops and test kitchens will also be a part of the programme.

The SABF offering provides something of interest to everyone, whether in politics, social justice, transformation, entertainment, food or visual art; this provides multiple vehicles through which #OURSTORIES can be delivered to the world.

National Book Week will take place across all nine provinces from 4-10 September. National Book Week is an opportunity to encourage individuals to discover, rediscover and share the joys of storytelling by engaging with the written word. The week will be focused on providing access to books, while promoting and cultivating a culture of reading across all nine South African provinces, reaching areas outside of urban centres and metros.

National Book Week is a programme by the South African Book Development Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA, with broadcast media support from SAfm.

For more information visit: or social media: Facebook (National Book Week SA), Twitter (@NBW_SA).

The SABF will take place at:
Venue: Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg
Dates: 8-10 September, 2017
Time: 10:00

Collective Amnesia

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Programme for the ninth Jozi Book Fair announced!

In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, the ninth Jozi Book Fair takes place from 31 August – 3 September 2017 at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The Jozi Book Fair (JBF) is an educational and cultural festival for schools, children, book clubs, women, men, academics, communities and the public. This year JBF’s jam-packed programme has more than 150 events for people of all ages, varied topics and interests, and all art forms, and 60% of events are hosted by the public. If schools want to participate, they need to register before 25 August. Entrance is FREE! See the full programme on the fair’s website:

Celebrating the theme, ‘Women and Literature’, the fair brings together two literary powerhouses, Kopano Matlwa the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut, Spilt Milk and Period Pain, and Shailja Patel, an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwrighter, theatre artist, political activist and author of the bestseller Migritude.

The theme ‘Women and Literature’ informs the fair’s content, historicising depictions of women by both women and men, in literature and the arts globally.

Some authors at the fair: Mohale Mashigo, Marah Louw, Malebo Sephodi, Reneiloe Malatjie, Jayne Bauling, Dumisani Sibiya, Ashwin Desai, Pregs Govender, Christa Kulijan.

Legends and JBF Patrons: Zakes Mda, James Mathews, Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile, Diana Ferrus.

The highlights of this year’s fair include:

Guests & Participants
The award-winning guests of the fair, Kopano Matlwa and Shailja Patel will be in conversation about their work and on several panels.

Internationally Acclaimed Authors
Shailja Patel (Kenya)
Lindsey Collen (Mauritius)
Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden)

Conversations with authors
Media personality Penny Lebyane will be in conversation with Marah Louw on her book It’s me, Marah, Mohale Mashigo will be ‘misbehaving’ with Malebo Sephodi, author of Miss Behave, Reneilwe Malatji explores how relationships change as women gain independence with her book Love Interrupted and journalist Thandeka Gqubule will give insight into her book No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela.

The fair boasts over 20 skills workshops which include writing (short stories, poetry), photography, social media, philosophy for teens, meditation for youth and dance meditation.

Book launches include the second edition of Batjha Kaofela, an anthology of ten short stories by teens from schools in townships and three books on #Feesmustfall by Leigh Ann Naidoo, Oliver Metho and Crispen Chungo, self-publishers and small publishers.

Roundtable discussions include: Women and Literature (Lindsey, Kopano, Shailja), White Monopoly Capital: What FUTURE for SA?: (Chris Malikane, D. Gqubule) and Crisis of Feminism with Nomboniso Gasa.

Panel discussions include discussions on the Mining Charter with Oxfam

Exciting exhibitions: Market Photo Workshop (women photographers), sculptor exhibition – Imbali Yo Mfazi/The Legend Of Woman by Mazwi Mdima at Workers Museum.

Music: School bands and Moses Molekwa Foundation

Theatre: Inner City Youth will be performing three iconic plays (Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, The Island and For Coloured Girls) and Botoo by Ronnie Govender.

The JBF is proud to also bring to the public the screening of the film, Whale Caller directed by Zola Maseko. The film is adapted from the book The Whale Caller by Zakes Mda.


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Spilt Milk


Period Pain



It's Me, Marah

Miss Behave


Love Interrupted

No Longer Whispering to Power


The Whale Caller

Launch: The Fifth Mrs Brink (16 August)

Karina M. Szczurek’s soul-baring memoirs of her life before, with and after her marriage to André P. Brink details a year of widowhood and a love to last a lifetime. This is the book which shows decisively that Karina is a writer in her own right, still coming in to her full creative powers, and simultaneously silences any gossips who might still have disbelieved Karina and André Brink’s love for one another.

A homage to a marriage cut tragically short by Brink’s death, in 2015 at 79 years old, and a diary of creative dissolution and knitting back together, The Fifth Mrs Brink combines enough literary skinner, salacious detail and moving romantic description of dealing with the death of a loved one to satisfy fans of her and her husband, both old and new.

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Die filmverwerking van Vaselinetjie begin binnekort draai. Lees dié besondere roman weer voor jy dit gaan kyk.

Sy is Helena Bosman van die Noord-Kaap, maar Oupa en Oumie noem haar sommer Vaselinetjie.

Sy is hulle hart se punt, tot Vaselinetjie tien jaar oud is en die Welsyn haar laat wegstuur na die kosskool in Gauteng. Want sy is wit en kan nie haar bruin oupa en ouma se regte kleinkind wees nie.

Dit is 1993 en Suid-Afrika staan op die rand van ‘n nuwe politieke bestel. Soos die land verander, so word Vaselinetjie ook in die vreemde, ongenaakbare weeshuiswêreld ‘n jong vrou.

Vaselinetjie is tegelyk ‘n huil-mooi liefdesverhaal en ‘n roman oor grootword in ‘n kinderhuis. Soos in haar debuutroman, Annerkant die longdrop, skryf Von Meck oor ‘n omgewing wat sy deur en deur kén. [...] Dit is ‘n storie wat jy kan onthou en oorvertel, en wat vir lank nog met jou sal bly gesels voordat jy snags jou oë toemaak.” Willemien Brümmer in Die Burger

Anoeschka von Meck het in 1998 verras met haar debuutroman, Annerkant die longdrop. Hierdie boek, wat gegrond is op haar werklike ervarings as kinderversorger by ‘n kinderhuis, bring ‘n wêreld onder woorde wat aan min mense bekend is. Vaselinetjie is onvergeetlik.

Die filmverwerking van Vaselinetjie begin 22 September in teaters draai. Kyk solank die lokprent hier:




Annerkant die longdrop